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Bluegrass Festival Horse Show Wrap-Up: August 17-21, 2011

Written by: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2011-08-22

Lexington, KY – August 22, 2011 – It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park as the final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show commenced. On Sunday, top jumper riders turned out to compete for the winning title in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix in the Rolex Stadium. Christina Kelly and Camirage stole the show after completing an incredible double clear-effort with a blazing jump-off time of 35.655 seconds. Although Kaitlin Campbell navigated Rocky W to a double-clear effort, the duo fell less than a second behind Kelly, earning the second place prize.

Friday night’s Hagyard Lexington Class Grand Prix winner, Yann Candele and Game Ready were the first horse and rider combination to complete the jump-off without fault. Candele and Susan Grange’s Game Ready cut turns, keeping a fast pace. They tripped the beam in 37.871 seconds without fault to become the leaders and set the bar for the rest of the riders. However, with many more to go, their efforts were only good enough for the third place finish.

Kaitlin Campbell of Brookeville, MD and her mount Rocky W took over lead when they entered into the ring. The duo blazed around the short track without fault. They broke the beam in 36.286 seconds, but with other riders to follow, their effort earned them the second place award.

The last horse and rider combination to enter the jump-off would prevail. It was Christina Kelly and Diamond Edge Farm’s Camirage who earned the victory. The team took all the inside turns and kept and extremely fast pace throughout the course. They tripped the wire in 35.655 seconds to take the win.

“Camirage is an awesome horse. I have had her for two years and she has progressively gotten better and better,” expressed Kelly. “For her to win a Grand Prix is unbelievable, she is an amazing horse.”

Sunday’s $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix was the final event during the month-long Kentucky Summer Horse Show series. Now, the Kentucky Horse Park will begin preparing for the 2011 National Horse Show, where the top horses and riders will compete at the highest level of the sport.

For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows please visit www.KentuckyHorseShows.com

$100,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals

It was an incredible night on Saturday for the Final Round of the 2011 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Spectators gathered in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park to see who would take home the night’s victory. Junior Rider Lillie Keenan rode to success with C Coast Z proving to be unbeatable throughout the night’s competition. Scott Stewart and Declaration took home the second place honors while Tammy Provost and Carlson earned the third place award.

Tammy Provost and Carlson, owned by Alliy Moyer, took over the lead early on. They were the third pair to enter the ring and combined their first round total score of 339.5 with scores of 88, 85, 88, and 83. Provost and the seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Carlson, also earned 9, 6, 7, and 8 bonus points after a bold hand gallop and smooth transitions from the canter to the walk and trot. They chose three of the four high options, but their efforts were only good enough for the third place honors at the end of the night.

A few rounds later Scott Stewart entered the ring aboard Declaration, owned by, Steeple Chase Farm Inc. and stole the lead. Stewart showcased their talent beautifully, pulling up to walk just three strides before the gate and just a few strides before the trot keeping a nice smooth appearance and flow. The duo sliced across the trot jump beautifully cantering on to the hedge in-and-out. Stewart jumped all four of the higher options and rode a nice bold hand gallop across the arena earning scores of 90, 88, 84, and 90 with 9, 10, 9, and 10 bonus points awarded combined with the 339.5 total from their first round. They held onto the lead until the second to last ride, and were presented with the night’s reserve honors.

Lillie Keenan would be the rider to dominate the competition with C Coast Z. The strong team stayed consistent throughout the competition remaining at the top until securing the win. Keenan and Chansonette Farm LLC’s C Coast Z jumped all of the higher options, wowing the crowed and impressing the judges during their handy round, jumping with smooth tight turns and a strong open hand gallop across the arena collecting very nicely before the next fence. They finished with another bold gallop to the last fence. The judges awarded them scores of 89, 91, 90, and 88 with 8, 10, 8, and 10 bonus points on top of their 355.5 total score from the first round. Keenan and C Coast Z led the final victory gallop for their incredible performances.

“My first round I thought I should take more risk than I would have yesterday prior to the elimination,” commented Keenan. “I wanted to make sure that I was high enough to be in the top three, but not take too much risk to maybe have a rail. But I knew that if I really wanted it I was going to have to give it my all and make sure that my horse was really there for me. Scott was way ahead of me going into the handy round and I knew I was going to have to go for it. When it came time for the hand gallop I knew that I was really going to have to run. I had to take even more risks. I knew after my first round that I could really trust my horse. It’s great to know that he is ready to go in there and win, but I had to give it my all, too.”

Jumper Results: Wednesday – Saturday

Sunny skies welcomed competitors to the first day of the 2011 Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. The first day brought excitement when Erynn Ballard was victorious in both the 1.40m Open Jumpers and the 1.35m Open Jumpers. Ashlee Bond was on Ballard’s heels in the 1.40m with Chivas Z taking home the reserve honors.

Jack Hardin Towell managed to shave three seconds off of the leading time during the short course aboard Fieona. The duo completed the jump-off without fault stopping the clock in 35.868 seconds, which would eventually put him in third place. Just a few hundredths of a second in front of Hardin Towell was Yann Candele and Azzaro who went fault free in 35.599 seconds, which held up for the second place prize.

The top horse and rider duo was Erynn Ballard and Wennous. They took a very daring route, blazing around the course and crossing the wire in 34.352 seconds, without fault, placing them at the top of the leaderboard. Their score would hold up to earn them the victory in the 1.35m Open Jumpers.

After a quick reset of the course, the 1.40m Open Jumpers got underway. Eighteen riders navigated another track set by Allen Rheinheimer with a vertical-oxer-vertical combination and an oxer-vertical combination with even more inside turns and rollbacks. Debbie Stephens was first on course with mount, FYI. Stephens easily set the bar with a clean round in 71.237 seconds, leaving numerous rider and horse pairs to try and pass them over the timed single-round course. Ashlee Bond and Chivas Z had a lightening fast clean trip, placing them in first up until the last rider. When the final round was scored, their time fell just short putting them in second place.

Christina Kelly also had a bold trip on Creata Van Ten Biesen but as many of the other riders didn’t come close to the speed set by Bond. They stopped the clock in 69.306 seconds, which was good enough for third place.

When Erynn Ballard returned with her second mount Buttercup they took no mercy and they managed to shave almost a second off of the time to beat without fault. As the last horse and rider combination in Wednesday’s class, the duo took home the victory.

It was cool and overcast for the start of the second day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was a day that required speed and accuracy for victory. It was Aaron Vale and Casino Van De Helle who delivered in the 1.35m Open Jumpers. Later in the day, Ashlee Bond and Wistful captured the 1.40m Open Jumper victory with a quick trip and no faults. Sharn Wordley and Upper Class CR took home the win in the 7/8 Year Old Jumpers.

Lauren Tisbo and La Centa, owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC set a competitive time to beat in the 1.40m Open Jumpers after choosing a very bold route finishing with a fault free effort in 66.012 seconds, earning second place.

It looked like a focused, well-timed course was necessary to take top honors, and Ashlee Bond and Little Valley Farm’s, Wistful, delivered. Bond guided her mount over a demanding course leaving every rail in their cups and crossing the wire in 61.870 seconds for the top prize.

Hector Florentino and Stransky’s Mission Farms’ Unico followed Bond’s round, but could not catch her blazing fast time. Florentino stopped the clock at 67.418 seconds without fault, earning the third place finish.

The next class in the Rolex Stadium was the 1.35m Open Jumpers. A new course and an immediate jump-off format gave competitors a real challenge. Setting the bar was the first horse and rider duo, Aaron Vale and Casino Van De Helle owned by North Face Farm. A clear first round took them to the jump-off and Vale’s smooth riding abilities resulted in every rail staying in their cups and a time of 32.841 seconds, which couldn’t be beat and earned the duo Thursday’s victory.

Candice King was the next to make it to the jump-off with Louisburg Farm, LLC’s Dana and finished in third place with a competitive time of 35.547 seconds. Blazing through the course and leaving every rail up, Laura Pfeiffer was the closest to Vale’s unbeatable time. Pfieffer navigated Fox Meadow Farm’s Cosmo around the course breaking the beam in 35.286 seconds, which was good enough for second place.

Earlier in the day, the 7/8 Year Old Jumpers competed for top honors. Sharn Wordley and his mount Upper Class CR were the first to advance and rode a speedy track in 34.390 seconds, which proved to be unbeatable, earning them the first place prize. Sharn Wordley returned with his second mount Corino and tried to beat his earlier round. The duo completed the course with out fault but broke the beam in 35.349, which earned the third place finish. Jennifer Gray was the last rider to try and steal the win. Gray navigated Rachael Barnes’ Tonic to a fault free effort and came close to the win breaking the beam in 35.342 seconds, resulting in the second place finish.

Another incredible crowd turned out at the Rolex Stadium on Friday at the Kentucky Horse Park, this time the spectators watched riders compete for the top prize during the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Six horse and rider combinations progressed to the jump-off with Yann Candele riding three of them, and eventually leading the victory gallop with Azzaro after they laid down the fastest clear effort over the short course. Margie Engle was just a hair off of Candele’s time. She and Lord Spezi earned the second place finish after completing a fault free effort.

Margie Engle and Ashland Farms’ Lord Spezi sped over the short course. They too took a tight turn upon landing after fence two and also cut the turn heading the triple bar. Engle and Lord Spezi broke the beam in 41.281 seconds leaving all the rails in their cups. The pair was able to balance the importance of making smart choices in an effort to clear each fence as well as where to cut their turns and pick up speed to become the first double clear effort, taking the lead. However with three riders left to go they took home the second place finish at the end the night’s competition.

Yann Candele returned aboard his second mount the eleven-year-old Azzaro, owned by Susan Grange, completing the fastest double clear effort of the night. Candele and Azzaro took the tight turn after fence two and made the shortest turn to the triple bar. They sped around slicing the liverpool and turned sharply to the last fence. The dynamic duo took over the lead after stopping the clock in 38.263 seconds, eventually leading the night’s victory gallop.

Patricia Griffith was the next on course to try and beat Candele’s time. Griffith set a strong pace with her mount, Wieminka B, galloping to the first fence. Griffith also chose to execute a tight turn after fence two to try and become the fastest double clear. As they headed over the combination the audience held their breath for a rub on fence 4b, but the rail stayed in place. Griffith took a wider approach to the triple bar but turned sharply to the liverpool. The competitive pair crossed the beam in 42.955 seconds earning the third place finish for their efforts in the night’s Grand Prix competition.

There was nothing but blue skies and sunshine at the Kentucky Horse Park for the fourth day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Talented horse and rider combinations competed at the Rolex Stadium during the High and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper classes attempting to post the target time and win top honors. Taking home the blue ribbon in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class was Kaely Tomeu aboard Amor Van De Rostal, completing the only clear effort of the class. Kelsey Thatcher posted the fastest time with Sorina in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper class, a time that proved unbeatable for the remaining competitors.

Twenty-two horse and rider combinations attempted the first round in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch; however, Kaely Tomeu of Wellington, FL, aboard Amor Van De Rostal was the only rider to navigate the course with all rails intact. The duo advanced to the short course where they raced against the clock. Although Tomeu had eight faults from unlucky rails and one time fault, the duo garnered the first place spot, earning the top honors for the class.

Buttercup piloted by Ashley Charpentier and owned by Ash Lee Corp. of Kitchener, Ontario, were the next duo to come close to the shortened course. The pair sliced turns and went for the clean round; however, a rail at the last fence was only good enough to earn them the second place honors with the fastest four-fault time of 70.046 seconds. The third place honors were awarded to Hayley Banas and United posting a time of 75.771 seconds, the second fastest four-fault round.

The Low Junior Jumpers were all about accuracy as the first rider of thirty to enter the ring, Shannen Cassady and Peter Rabbit out of Oakville, Ontario, went double-clear in the class. His jump-off time posed a threat; however, Kelsey Thatcher piloted Sorina, owned by Pony Lane Farm of Bluffdale, UT, to a clear first round and a jump-off time that set a new precedent for the class. Her time of 37.398 seconds could not be touched as riders navigated the course, they unfortunately could not successfully shave the seconds. Although 10 horses advanced to the shortened course, and three completed double clear rounds, Thatcher’s time stood alone. She was a full 1.4 seconds faster than Doug Masters and Quebec, owned by Chris Richard,who claimed the second place honors, the pair did not touch a rail, but they stopped the clock just shy with a time of 38.799. Cassady’s earlier round only proved to be good enough for the third place award aboard Peter Rabbit, leaving all rails in their cups, but stopping the timer at 42.257 seconds.

The Low Junior Jumpers wrapped up the day in the Walnut Ring, where 10 of the 32 horses showed over the short course and only three went double clean. Cecily Waud and Ozalia finished with the fastest time of 35.668; however, a four-fault penalty kept them from going double clean and claiming the top honors, earning the fourth place award. It was Claudia Billups aboard Rockefeller who took the first place award finishing with a double clean round and a time of 37.070 seconds. Michael Murphy and Ultrafox took home the second place award finishing with a clear jump-off and a time of 37.782 seconds. Samantha Pyle and Andante took a more conservative approach, clearing all the fences, but finishing in 43.823 seconds, earning the third place position.

Hunter Results: Wednesday – Sunday

A light breeze rolled across the Kentucky Horse Park as the sun shone down welcoming the first day of the Blue Grass Festival Horse Show. Opening day in the Stonelea Ring marked the beginning of the First Year Green Working Hunter, Second Year Green Working Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, Regular Conformation Hunter and High Performance Hunter Divisions. Sweeping the fences in High Performance Hunters was Jennifer Alfano with Jersey Boy, while Patricia Griffith piloted Sienna to top awards in the Second Year Green Working Hunters, and Casallo earned two blues in the Regular Conformation Hunters.

Jennifer Alfano piloted the nine-year-old gelding Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms of Buffalo, NY, to two first place ribbons in the High Performance Hunters Wednesday. The talented duo swept the over fences during their rounds, earning top call in preparation for the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby beginning this Friday.

Bringing home two second place awards in the High Performance Hunter class, Havens Schatt aboard Valencia, owned by CH Farm, LLC of Delano, MN, are a pair to keep your eye on for tomorrow’s rounds. Without Jersey Boy and Alfano competing in tomorrow’s classes, Schatt and Valencia may prove themselves once again, garnering the top honors. Schatt began showing the mare in June, competing in the First Years as well as the High Performance Hunters. Although Valencia seems to have a little bit of her own blood, the duo works well together using their large stride to their advantage during the hunter courses.

Earlier in the day, the First Year Green Working Hunters competed for the top call in the Stonelea Ring. Alfano of Buffalo, NY, and her mount Michigan Avenue earned a score of 83 in the first round, but continued with a solid score of 89 in the second round to claim the blue ribbon.

Next to go in the ring was the Green Conformation Hunter division. Maria Rasmussen aboard Vosges Theobroma, owned by Katrina Markoff of Chicago, IL, showcased their ability during the over fences. The duo earned a score of 85 in the first round garnering the first place ribbon. During their second round, the pair earned the second place ribbon following closely behind Hunt Tosh’s impressive score of 88 aboard Cold Harbor, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler of Keswick, VA.

Following in the ring began the start of the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division where Patricia Griffith and Sienna swept the over fences classes. With high scores of 88 in both rounds, the duo took home the two blue ribbons. Griffith was very excited for the first place awards considering that she hadn’t shown Sienna in quite a bit. Recently, Sienna has been competing with her owner Lexi Maounis of Jupiter, FL, showing in the Juniors. Griffith is looking forward to the Derby Finals and used the Second Year Hunter Division as a way of preparing.

It was Casallo and Elizabeth Boyd who garnered the top call in the Regular Conformation Hunters. Their impressive scores of 87 and 85 currently place them at the top of their division after earning two first place ribbons. Casallo, currently owned by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, NC, is a more recent purchase. McGuire bought the seven-year-old gelding from Bob Crandall in May.

Although thunderstorms threatened the morning classes at the Kentucky Horse Park on Thursday, diligent horse and rider combinations turned out to the Stonelea Ring for the second day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Thankfully, the sun began to make its way through the clouds, and riders were blessed with beautiful weather yet again as they made their rounds. Thursday marked the conclusion of the professional hunters divisions, awarding top honors to riders in their respective divisions.

As seen by their previous performances, Havens Schatt and Valencia, owned by CH Farm, LLC of Delano, MN, seem to have the High Performance Hunters figured out. Wednesday, the talented duo claimed two second place ribbons during the over fences classes, narrowly missing the blues with scores of 84 and 86. However, Schatt and Valencia continued Thursday with strong and consistent rounds, earning scores of 84 and 80 over fences and the first place position in the under saddle class, proving to be the Champions of the High Performance Hunters.

Earning the second and fourth place ribbons during Wednesday’s classes and the second and first place ribbon Thursday earned Carson, owned by Kristen Blomstrom of Southlake, TX the reserve championship honors with Courtney Calcagnini in the irons.

The first class in the Stonelea Ring, Scott Stewart and Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm of Philadelphia, PA, were the duo awarded the blue ribbon for a score of 85 in the handy course of the First Year Green Working Hunters. The pair also earned the first place ribbon in the under saddle class, garnering enough points to earn the championship award. Although Stewart says that Dedication is one of his greenest horses, he also admits that he is probably the easiest.

Claiming the reserve champion award aboard Best Foot Forward, owned by Paige Wilson of Charlotte, NC, was John French. Wednesday, the pair earned the second place and the third place ribbon over fences. They followed with a concrete round Thursday, earning them the third place ribbon in the first class, as well as the First Year Green Working Hunter Reserve Championship honors.

The Green Conformation Hunters followed next in the ring, testing the horse and rider combinations over fences as well as judging their conformation for a final assessment of points. Hunt Tosh piloted Cold Harbor, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler of Keswick, VA, to the championship tricolor. Following his first place and third place ribbon in the over fences Wednesday, Tosh and Cold Harbor continued with two consistent roundsThursday winning both of the over fences classes as well as the under saddle. Maria Rasmussen aboard Vosges Theobroma, owned by Katrina Markoff of Chicago, IL, claimed the reserve championship award for her strong rounds Wednesday as well as her third place ribbon during the first round over fences and second place ribbon earned in the under saddle class Thursday.

Many of the riders who have been competing in the hunter classes this week have been preparing for the USHJA International Derby Finals this weekend. Patricia Griffith and Sienna, owned by Lexi Maounis of Jupiter, FL, were no exception. After sweeping the over fences classes Wednesday in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division, Griffith piloted Sienna to the second place ribbon during Thursday’s handy round. Griffith and Sienna earned the championship award after riding the handy the way she would for the Hunter Derby Finals this weekend.

Following suit, Hope Glynn and Roccoco, owned by Avery Hellman of Kentfield, CA, earned the reserve championship honors. Due to his inside turns and solid round Thursday, Roccoco, a seven-year-old gelding, took home the blue ribbon during the handy round eventually garnering enough points for the reserve championship prize. Roccoco won the $25,000 Franktown Meadows Derby in Reno, with John French. This weekend Hope Glynn will compete in the derby with Rocccoco.

Tommy Serio earned the reserve championship award aboard Banderas, owned by Friday’s Farm of Edina, MN, narrowly missing the first place ribbon during the first class of the Regular Conformation Hunters with a score of 85. Serio and Banderas had solid rounds both Wednesday and Thursday, earning two third place ribbons in Wednesday’s classes, and three second place ribbons during Thursday’s classes, including the under saddle.

The course posed no threat to Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo, owned by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, NC. The duo dominated the Regular Conformation Hunters and garnered the championship tricolor.

The day that riders, trainers, owners and spectators have been waiting for throughout the Kentucky Horse Shows Series arrived on Friday. The 2011 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals commenced in the morning in the Rolex Stadium. Attendees could not have ordered a more perfect day with sunny skies and moderate temperatures to kick off the long anticipated event. This is the third annual USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals and it has returned to the Kentucky Horse Park. Scott Stewart and Carlos Boy won Friday’s class and Stewart placed in the top six with all of his mounts and is one of the top 25 horse and rider combinations to advance to tomorrow evening’s final event. Lillie Keenan took home the fourth and fifth place finish with Madison and C Coast Z, respectively.

Long time professional Scott Stewart was the eighth rider to navigate the technical course, guiding Garfield, owned by Steeple Chase Farm, Inc. to impressive scores of 84, 86, 86, and 86. Stewart also earned additional points for choosing to jump two of the higher options, taking an early lead, but that would only hold up for the sixth place finish, after bettering his efforts with several other mounts.

The first rider to take over Stewart’s lead was Junior rider Lillie Keenan of New York, NY. She proved to be quite the competitor with Chansonette Farm LLC’s Madison. Keenan and the nine-year-old Warmblood also jumped two of the higher options earning additional points to their high scores of 86, 85, 87, and 88. Their efforts put them in the lead, but would earn them the fourth place award when the dust settled.

Well into the second half of the entries no one had passed Keenan’s impressive scores. However Scott Stewart returned to the ring with Carlos Boy, owned by Krista and Alexa Weisman. This time Stewart executed three of the higher options with a classic hunter style earning an astounding group of scores of 88, 88, 89, and 89 totaling 366 to take over the lead and eventually win the class.

Scott Stewart returned to try and better his earlier results, this time with the nine-year-old Westphalian, Declaration, owned by Fashion Farm. Stewart chose to execute two of the higher fence options, and came just shy of raising the bar yet again. With scores of 89.5, 87.5, 91, and 88.5 for a total of 364.5 the dynamic duo earned the second place honors.

Nearing the end of the competition, Lillie Keenan returned to try and reclaim her earlier lead this time aboard C Coast Z, owned by Chansonette Farms LLC. Keenan guided the eleven-year-old Warmblood around the course choosing to jump two of the higher option fences. Although they didn’t manage to beat Stewart, their scores of 84.65,87.25, 84.5, and 87.25 were good enough for the fifth place finish.

Becky Gochman’s nine-year-old stallion Empire earned the third place ribbon with another successful round from Scott Stewart. The competitive team was awarded scores of 88.5, 89, 88, and 90, totaling 363.5 points after jumping two of the higher options.

The final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show was welcomed with a cool breeze and a cloudless sky. The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Classic witnessed talented horse and rider combinations showcasing their skills in an attempt to impress the judges and claim the winning title in the Stonelea Ring. Erynn Ballard and Dunkirk led the class from start to finish and eventually the victory gallop after earning a total score of 179. Kelly Arani and Stars Go Blue finished second, falling seven points behind Ballard and Dunkirk, while Annie Karsotis piloted North Shore to the third place award.

Erynn Ballard and Dunkirk, owned by Bur Oak, LLC of Lexington, KY, took the lead in the first round of the Classic, scoring an 83 with four bonus options for an 87 total. Although they were the last to return during the handy round, the duo did not hold back. After choosing the higher option oxer soon after the first fence, they completed a consistent and smooth round, receiving scores of 88 with four bonus points for a score of 92. Their two-round total of 179 points earned the pair the blue ribbon prize.

Kelly Arani, of Dover, MA, navigated Stars Go Blue to two solid rounds, following only seven points behind Ballard and winning the second place prize. After earning a score of 79 with four optional points added, Arani ended with a score of 83, claiming the fourth place position in the first round. The team returned and executed a smooth handy round to come from behind and earn a score of 85 with four bonus options accumulating a score of 89, bringing their two round total to 172 points and garnering the second place prize.

The third place award went to Annie Karsotis, of Richardson, TX, aboard North Shore. During the first round, they earned a score of 80 plus four bonus points resulting in an 84, and an 80 in the handy with four bonus points, concluding in another 84, taking third place in the handy and solidifying third place for both trips with a combined score of 168.

Earlier in the day on Sunday, the Junior Hunter divisions showed in the Stonelea Ring completing their second day of competition. Reaching the conclusion of the divisions, Victoria Colvin took home the Small 15 & Under Junior Hunter Championship aboard Sanzibar, owned by Karen Long Dwight and Barbara Ridder Irwin of New Vernon, NJ, while Vivian Yowan and Whatever, owned by Boggs Hill of Wellington, FL, took reserve championship honors. Victoria Colvin also claimed the championship award and reserve championship honors in the Large 15 & Under Junior Hunter Division aboard Way Cool, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Midleburg, VA, and Touchdown, owned by Becky Gochman of New York, NY, respectively. Small Affair, owned by Iwasaki and Reilly of Pacific Palisades, CA, piloted by Olivia Esse, claimed the Large 16-17 Junior Hunter Championship award, and Shawn Casady and Vida Blue, owned by Elm Rock LLC of Bronxville, NY, earned the reserve honors. The final awards of morning went to Olivia Esse winning the Small 16-17 Junior Hunter Championship aboard Illusion, and claiming the reserve championship tricolor aboard Clooney, both owned by Oscany Inc. of Los Angeles, CA.

The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show concluded on Sunday, and now, the Kentucky Horse Park will begin preparing for the 2011 National Horse Show, where the top horses and riders will compete at the highest level of the sport.

For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.


 

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